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  •  It's funny, but sad too (12+ / 0-)

    Here at this site, all of us are pretty much at ease with computers.  And there is a tendency to think that anyone who resists a larger role for computers is just some regressive luddite.  But, in health care, the computer is not just a tool.  It's a tool with an agenda and that agenda is to decrease and ultimately eliminate the role of human skill - both doctor and nurse - and the role of human caring.  All in the name of cost control.  Data is a powerful thing, but humans - especially sick humans - are not interchangeable parts that can be counted on to respond the same way to the same input.  We need to fight to keep the human role in all its aspects.

    "Wouldn't you rather vote for what you want and not get it than vote for what you don't want - and get it?" Eugene Debs. "Le courage, c'est de chercher la verité et de la dire" Jean Jaures

    by Chico David RN on Mon May 19, 2014 at 02:37:19 PM PDT

    •  As someone who is "at ease with computers" (9+ / 0-)

      and far from luddite, I wouldn't trust computers with ANY mission critical tasks.
      I'm appalled by the idea of putting the control of the electrical grid online.
      Electronic voting, not even a life&death thing, nope.
      Publish my bankcard number on a hackable network (the Web)? I don't think so.
      Trust an algorithm to determine what several doctors so far haven't been able to agree on? Are you nuts?
      I'd be glad to have those doctors and nurses have all available information at their fingertips but not cut them out of the process.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Mon May 19, 2014 at 03:08:56 PM PDT

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